MATURITY has struck the Holden Commodore at age 35.
The VF Commodore was unveiled today in Docklands with a decidedly grown-up exterior look and a host of cool gadgetry which has traditionally been confined to prestige cars.
It's the most technologically advanced car built in Australia.
Slated to go on sale in May, all new Commodores will be able to park themselves, warn drivers if they are straying from lanes or if another vehicle is in their blind spot, they will also have a digital head-up display which projects the car's speed onto the windscreen.
The hi-tech new 20cm colour touch-screen will also have apps which use smartphones to stream digital radio, and another which finds music of your choice by preferred artist.
No pricing has been revealed, nor have powerplants. That will be uncovered closer to when the cars will reach showrooms.
Inside, the Commodore has come forward in leaps and bounds. Smooth swooping lines are unique but have a hint of Jaguar and Infiniti influences.
Hard plastics have been banished, replaced with softer leather and suede. There are also more chrome finishes - inside and out.
Outside changes are distinguished by a "power bulge" in the bonnet, while the rear is distinctively different. The number plate moves to the bumper, the taillights extend onto the boot-lid while a wider back end is features a "pontoon" two-deck styling.
Holden has recognised the Commodore can no longer be "all things to all people" and have indicated the base model will be of high specification.
That could mean a higher price for the entry-level model. The VE Commodore range currently starts from $37,990.
Only the Calais V-Series went on display today, next weekend the SS will be revealed.
"Our aim with the new VF Commodore was to create a car that challenged some of the broader perceptions people have about the traditional Australian-made large car," Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux said.
"We have created a car that not only serves the loyal buyers who continue to make Commodore one of the most popular cars in Australia, but also a new breed of discerning customer who wants higher levels of luxury and technology in their car."
Ten colour choices will be available, including three new hues (a jewel-like green, tinted grey and vivid orange).
Key new features
- Reverse Traffic Alert which warns of passing vehicles when reversing out of spaces
- Blind spot alert to warn of obscured vehicles when changing lanes
- Auto Park Assist which effectively parks the car automatically, with the driver just operating the pedals. It works for parallel or 90 degree parking.
- Keyless entry with push button start.
- An electric park brake, which frees up space in the centre console.
- The electric window controls have been moved from the centre console to the doors.
- Boot opening button is also now on the driver's door - rather than the glovebox.
- Cruise control buttons are mounted on the steering wheel, rather than the stalk.
- Slick 20cm colour touch-screen with "Pandora" (digital radio) and "Stitcher" (music) applications.
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